Taking the Classroom to Google: Organize Your Music Program for Remote Learning


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Taking the Classroom to Google:
Organize Your Music Program for Remote Learning

August 10September 6, 2020

Whether you had a good experience, were somewhat overwhelmed, or just tried to survive, remote teaching became a sudden reality for all of us this year. And while we don’t quite know what yet lies ahead, preparing your program for the possibility of more online instruction will save you time and energy in the future.

This four-week course will present numerous options that will help you organize, create, and reform your music program from the classroom to Google. Because all of our situations and positions are different, you will get to decide which specific tasks and assignments will benefit your music program the most. Among the topics to be covered:

•  Setting up and running Google Meets
•  Setting up and running Google Classroom
•  Uploading and formatting pre-existing word documents into Google Docs
•  Familiarizing yourself with Google Sheet features, functions and formulas
•  Assigning self-grading quizzes through Google Forms
•  Creating and organizing Gmail Contact Groups, Filters and Labels
•  Setting up Google Reminders and Tasks
•  Creating and publishing Google Slides presentation

Week four will conclude with a final culminating project that includes application of knowledge and skills acquired from weeks 1-3.

Note: This course is designed for K-12 music teachers. This course was also designed
specifically for the novice Google user but all skill levels welcome.

Instructor: Lisa Hatfield

Lisa Hatfield (BMEd ’06) is the 5th grade band teacher for all six elementary schools in Batavia, IL, which has received NAMM's Best Community for Music Education distinction numerous years in a row. Hatfield graduated with honors from VanderCook, and earned her master’s degree in educational and instructional technology from Northern Illinois University. She has presented at numerous conferences including ILMEA and Midwest, received Kane County's "Women of Distinction" Award, and was most recently nominated and selected for the Daily Herald's “Teacher Feature” series. She is a Google Level 1 & 2 Certified teacher, and has been teaching technology-infused music classes through VanderCook since 2012.

Course Details

Taking the Classroom to Google:
Organize Your Music Program
for Remote Learning

Lisa Hatfield

August 10
Sept. 6, 2020

No-credit Option: $199,
due in full with registration
Course Code 6260A

1 Graduate Credit: $355,
due in full with registration
Course Code 6260B


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Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required.

MECA Online Course Details
VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology ( Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

Fall 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, Sept. 21. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit to login. On the morning of Sept. 21, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

Online grades will be reported by mid-October. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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